Trung, re: Can being avant-garde
Posted by nieh on 6/28/2017, 7:12 pm
The band's whole schtick was to be this all encompassing fusion band that incorporated all elements of modern music into their sound (rock, world music, jazz, classical, electronics, etc.) Because of the band's jazz foundations, all of their songs came from extended improvisation sessions which were then edited down into songs, so to say anything of theirs is "well-written" is a bit of a misnomer because none of their songs were "written" they were improvised. Their wiki page and Allmusic both list them as avant-garde.
Also, music being catchy doesn't mean it's not avant-garde. Devo are avant-garde and a lot of their songs are really hooky
Also, also, the fact that Radiohead bite really heavily sonically from some of Can's stuff doesn't mean that they're also avant-garde; it means they're retro.
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